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Smart Talk: Tax deadline approaches, what this means for stimulus recipients and the unemployed

Also, The Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover makes historic landing

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Airdate: Wednesday, March 3, 2021

It’s tax time and even in a normal year tax professionals are challenged to answer individual’s questions about their returns. During the pandemic, these questions are even more complicated due to unemployment and stimulus payments.

The IRS has their work cut out for them, too, as they deal with numerous virus-related provisions passed by Congress. Questions persist, including the impact of stimulus payments on taxable income, deductions for working from home, and tax credits that apply specifically to the pandemic.

Joining Smart Talk Wednesday to answer your questions are Ben Bostic, CPA and Director, Boyer & Ritter LLC and Brian Kutz, CPA and Manager, Boyer & Ritter LLC

The Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover makes historic landing

The first human expedition to the “Red Planet” came one small step closer last month with the landing of the Perseverance Rover on the surface of Mars.

The Rover will search for signs of ancient life, while gathering rocks and soil for eventual testing back on earth.

Allen Chen is a systems engineer and Mars 2020 Entry, Descent and Landing Lead with the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory and he appears on Smart Talk Wednesday to share the significance of the Perseverance landing.

This is the first image NASA’s Perseverance rover sent back after touching down on Mars on Feb. 18, 2021. The view, from one of Perseverance’s Hazard Cameras, is partially obscured by a dust cover. Image made available by NASA/JPL-Caltech

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